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Midlands Spotlight - Flix

By midlandsmovies, Dec 10 2014 07:51PM

Midlands Movies Mike catches up with Owen Morgan who tells him about FLIX – a student run but not student exclusive – community cinema in Leicestershire.

Flix was founded way back in 1946 and is based at Loughborough University in Leicestershire and the history of the society can be traced back to the Loughborough Technical Institute where the College Film Society used the Engineers Dining Hall as a base to show films.

In 2004 a redevelopment of the Union building saw the main auditorium converted into the Room 1 nightclub, forcing the Film Society to move its equipment over to the newly refurbished Cope Auditorium. The venue was specially customised to accommodate a new screen and sound system for Flix - and to this day this is where Flix remains.

However, the history of how it got to that stage is far more compelling. In 1952, after the separation of Loughborough College into several smaller colleges, the Film Society moved into the newly constructed Martin Hall to show films regularly. One Union represented all of the student bodies within the separate colleges, so mobile equipment was used to provide showings within the Engineers Dining Hall and the Art College throughout the 1950s and 60s.

Then, in 1966, Loughborough College of Advanced Technology was given chartered University status. This forced a split within the Students’ Union to accommodate the new University of Technology and the three other colleges. In order to accommodate both Unions, the Film Society split, allowing it to show films in the Edward Herbert Building, Martin Hall and the Art College Great Hall.

During 1975 Loughborough Students’ Union FilmSoc was created from a recombination of the two film societies of the Loughborough University of Technology Cinema and Union of Loughborough Colleges Film Society. After moving into the brand new Students Union building in 1978 the LSU FilmSoc was renamed, becoming Flix.

Bringing us up to date, Flix was proud to install the latest digital cinema equipment in July 2013. With this new equipment Flix has also been able to offer Live National Theatre events brought straight from the top theatres in London.

Flix is also a member of the regional BFI Film Hub (http://www.bfi.org.uk/film-audience-network/about-film-hub-lead-organisations ) and is very keen to take part in both local and national arts events promoting independent film producers all across the country.

Owen goes on to explain that Flix is now focusing on inviting the local community along with the students and staff of the academic institutions of Loughborough to enjoy their film offerings and theatre in 2015. With a top price of just £3.00 entry for non-members then anyone in the region would be a fool not to head down at least once to see what all the fuss is about.

Find out more about Flix at their website here - http://flix.org.uk/

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